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What’s New in Lightroom (October 2023)

Adobe just added some new features to Lightroom/Lightroom Classic, and a couple of them are truly game-changers!

  • Lens Blur (Beta): You can create depth-maps on your photos to emulate shallow depth of field and bokeh. Despite being an early release, it’s actually quite good for some photos!
  • HDR Editing: Added support for HDR displays which allows you to edit your HDR images in a huge tone space. Spoiler alert: If you aren’t using a HDR display, you won’t benefit from this tool. You will also still need to tone-map your HDR images back to SDR space for printing and sharing.
  • Point Color Editor: This tool gives you precise control for adjusting hue, saturation, and brightness (luminance) of individual colors. But the game-changer is that it’s available in the Masking Panel! Now you can control individual colors on your selection masks like never before.

Topaz Photo AI

Photo AI is the newest Topaz plug-in, and it combines sharpening, noise reduction, and upscaling features in a single application that uses AI-based technology to deliver impressive results. In this presentation, I discuss the software and several use cases for how to incorporate it into your own photography workflow.

Topaz Photo AI is part of the Topaz Image Quality Bundle, which is available here.

Watch: Discovering Topaz Photo AI

How to Customize Lightroom’s Menu Fonts

Create a custom Identity Plate for a personalized look in Lightroom Classic

People often ask me how I changed the fonts in the Lightroom module menus. Here’s a simple way to customize the fonts and colors in your own Lightroom Classic catalog.

Whenever I give online classes or teach a workshop using Adobe Lightroom Classic, a common question I’m asked is “how did you change the fonts in your Lightroom toolbar? The trick is to use a custom, personalized Identity Plate. This video will show you how to do it!

What is Focus Breathing?

Some lenses change apparent focal length during focus due to their optical design.

A demonstration of focus breathing in the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lenses

Some lenses change their apparent focal length as you move from infinity to near focus. This phenomenon is called “focus breathing.” In the video above, I demonstrate what this looks like using the Nikon 50mm f/1.8G and Nikon 50mm f/1.8S lenses on a Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera.